Campus Teacher of the Year: Ana Greenwood

Campus Teacher of the Year: Ana Greenwood
Posted on 05/19/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Campus Teacher of the Year: Ana GreenwoodSchool: Dora Romero Elementary School
Current Grade Level Teaching:
Teaching Experience: 8 years – 2 at Los Fresnos CISD
Hometown: Brownsville
Highest Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, The University of Texas at Brownsville

Why did you want to go into the teaching profession? 
Wonderful things happen when a career and passion come together and I feel blessed to love what I do. I have wanted to become a teacher for as long as I can remember. During my childhood, I always played teacher with my friends and family members. As I grew older, volunteering at schools, helping my friends with their school work, and tutoring my brothers strengthened my desire to teach. I have been in the classroom for seven years and my passion and commitment to student success is still my inspiration. I strive to give my students the best version of myself daily.

Who or what influenced you to seek a future in education?
Although they did not attend college, my parents always planned for my brothers and I to have the best education possible. As we grew older, college went from being a dream to being an expectation. My parents taught me to value education and to be a life-long learner. As a teacher, I often wonder if my students have the same support and expectations at home. Realizing they might not, I take on that job and expect the best from every single one of my students. I take the time to talk about their strengths and unique talents and strive to help them fulfill their potential.

Why did you choose to seek a position at Los Fresnos CISD?
The partnership between our community and schools is a vital component for the district’s success. I chose to seek a position in Los Fresnos CISD because of the district’s values, goals, and mission. I chose to teach here to inspire future generations through meaningful curriculum and life lessons and to share my love for learning. Being a teacher in Los Fresnos CISD lets me share one of the greatest gifts anyone can give children: the love for learning. Although my beliefs about teaching are constantly evolving as I experience, discover, and learn new things with my students, my goal as an educator will always be the same. I want to make a difference in my students' lives.

What does the district motto “What We Do Here Shapes the World” mean to you?
Being a teacher is more than just a job. It means making a difference. We not only affect students’ academic enrichment, but we also become some of the most influential role models in their lives. What we do here truly shapes the world because we have the future generation in our hands and we get to teach our students values and important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond term papers and standardized tests. School is as much a place of social learning as academic learning. We are teaching future lawyers, doctors, engineers, and even presidents how to be the best versions of themselves.
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